Short Film: Circuit


Here’s a short film called Circuit that perhaps runs with its central idea (an electrician that gets trapped in a looping room) a little too long, but is nonetheless clever…

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Cover & Synopsis: THE GLORIOUS ANGELS by Justina Robson

Justina Robson is back in a big way.

Gollanacz just shared the cover of her new, upcoming book The Glorious Angels, which features an illustration by Dominic Harman.

Here’s the synopsis (larger version of the cover appears below):
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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-11-18

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BOOK REVIEW: The Redemption Engine by James L. Sutter

REVIEW SUMMARY: A strong, character-focused story that serves as an excellent introduction to the Pathfinder universe

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:: Salim Ghadafar, reluctant minion of a Goddess of Death, investigates a set of missing souls, and so becomes caught up in machinations ranging from Heaven to Hell and the mortal plane between.

MY REVIEW:
PROS:: Strong, focused characterization; intriguing and diverse settings.
CONS: A couple of subplots don’t hold up quite as well as the rest of the book.
BOTTOM LINE: Solid, entertaining fiction that works for both those already familiar with the Pathfinder universe and newcomers.

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Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and editor of adult and children’s speculative fiction. His debut novel, The Worker Prince received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club’s Year’s Best Science Fiction Releases for 2011. His short stories have appeared in magazines, anthologies and online. His anthologies as editor include Shattered Shields with co-editor Jennifer Brozek for Baen, Mission: Tomorrow and Galactic Games (both forthcoming), also for Baen, Choices and Gaslamp Terrors (forthcoming), Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales #6, Beyond The Sun and Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera For a New Age. He hosts #sffwrtcht (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer’s Chat) Wednesdays at 9 pm ET on Twitter as @SFFWRTCHT.

5 Fantasy Series Military Fantasy Fans Don’t Want To Miss

by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

As the co-editor of Baen’s new anthology of high fantasy with a military feel, Shattered Shields, I have spent a lot of time reading and researching military fantasy. But unlike military science fiction, it’s not a clearly defined subgenre, so most of the books falling into the category must be discovered within other categories. Everyone’s heard of big series like Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Erickson’s Malazan, and Cook’s Black Company, but there are other high fantasy series with great military elements. So here are a few recommendations for military fantasy fans of series they might want to discover.
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In episode 269 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester talks audio books with Rachel Cordasco, Paul Weimer, Sarah Chorn and Fred Kiesche.

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200 SF/F/H Fiction eBooks Priced Under $5 Each

We loves us some good eBook deals! Here’s a huge batch of ‘em!

Each one of these science fiction, fantasy and horror eBook titles are priced at or under $5 at the time of writing this post…but WARNING: Prices are subject to change, so check the price before clicking “buy”. If Amazon is not your eBook ecosystem, please do look up the titles wherever you buy your eBooks; discounts are often applied at other outlets, so check there.

  1. Robots versus Slime Monsters by A. Lee Martinez ()
  2. Chasing the Moon by A. Lee Martinez (Orbit)
  3. Monster by A. Lee Martinez (Orbit)

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Danie Ware has posted the cover for her upcoming novel Ecko Endgame.

Here’s the synopsis for this 3rd book in the Ecko series:
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Books Received: November 17, 2014

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the books we received this week.
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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-11-17

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Michaele Jordan informed me of this entertaining 2005 short film, The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello. Set in a world of iron dirigibles and steam powered computers, this gothic horror mystery tells the story of Jasper Morello, a disgraced aerial navigator who flees his plague-ridden home on a desperate voyage to redeem himself.

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Here are a few book that I’m looking forward to reading…

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 11/15/2014

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-11-15

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Here’s a trio of tasy Tor books coming out next year…

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BOOK REVIEW: Younger Gods by Michael R. Underwood

REVIEW SUMMARY: A strong urban fantasy novel that shows the author’s diverse tastes and skills in the subgenre.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:: Former cultist Jacob Hicks’ relatively innocuous life in New York City gets a kick in the rear as his sister comes to town to start the Apocalypse.

MY REVIEW:
PROS:: A pair of strong characters as family protagonist and antagonist; excellent overall use of New York City as a setting.
CONS: Almost too much worldbuilding and things thrown into the Urban Fantasy blender; one tiny mistake regarding a locale in Staten Island.
BOTTOM LINE: A strong story that introduces a delightfully tasty and complicated urban fantasy world that consistently keeps the reader turning pages.

It’s a classic story as old as time. Farm boy from North Dakota goes to the big city (in this case New York City), gets into big trouble because he is a hick from the sticks. In Michael R. Underwood’s urban fantasy novel The Younger Gods, he even has the adopted last name to prove it. Jacob Hicks née Greene has bigger problems than just managing his classes and his job, and even dealing with the confusing maelstrom of culture that is New York. Jacob’s big sister is coming to town, and she is not happy with her baby brother at all. How does the farm boy, already somewhat adrift in an alien and confusing world, handle family coming to town on top of it?

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Stolen, the newest installment (after Frozen) of the Heart of Dread series by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston just came out, and the married couple stopped by to chat about the new book, and much more! You can find out more about Melissa and the series at her website.


Kristin Centorcelli: Congrats on the new book in the Heart of Dread series, Stolen! Will you give us the scoop on what we can expect from Nat and Wes in this installment?

Melissa and Mike: Stolen picks up a few months where Frozen left off, Nat is learning to use her power and Wes is reduced to driving in the death races in Vegas. Wes gets a tip about his missing sister and races to her, only to find himself in the same place as Nat. They uncover more terrible secrets of in both the fantastic world of Vallonis and the gritty world of the RSA.
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One of the current viral videos floating about is Gotham Begins, a parody of the new pre-Batman series Gotham. That alone is worth a post — it’s funny and points out one of the flaws of the show — but it also gives me a reason to talk a little about the show.

First things first. Here’s the trailer:

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Here is the table of contents for the new issue of Flash Fiction Online:

  • “Monoceros Ptolemy Cluster” by Steven W. Johnson
  • “Black Friday” by Brynn MacNab
  • “The Rules of the Game” by Alexandra Grunberg

This issue, which went live November 1st, was edited by Suzanne Vincent and features a cover image by Dario Bijelac and cover design by Anna Yeatts.

Single ebooks and subscriptions are available via Weightless Books.

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Honest Trailer: Maleficent

Another honest trailer…this time for the Angelina Jolie flick, Maleficent

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